Caulfield Racecourse will come to life this Saturday with a double shot of black-type action including the 2011 McNeil Stakes where premier Victorian trainer Peter Moody will saddle up the race favourite in Golden Archer.
Betting markets for the $125,000 Group 3 H.D.F. McNeil Stakes (1200m), running as Caulfield Race 4 on Saturday, were released at Luxbet today with Moody’s Rock Of Gibraltar colt Golden Archer topping the odds at a quote of $4.40.
Of the 12 three-year-olds accepted for the McNeil Stakes field this year, Golden Archer is one of the best-tried having started eight times to date for five wins and two minor placings.
All five of their career victories came in their juvenile preparation, Golden Archer enjoying a successive hat-trick of stakes wins last year including their blistering four and a half length success in the Listed St Albans Stakes (1000m) at Moonee Valley on March 18.
Golden Archer kicked-off their three-year-old season a fortnight ago when running a game second behind Peter Snowden’s Golden Slipper winner Sepoy in the Listed Vain Stakes (1100m) after getting caught wide throughout in an unlucky run.
Despite drawing awkwardly with barrier 10 in the McNeil Stakes, Golden Archer is likely to retain their favouritism with Moody’s No. 1 jockey Luke Nolen engaged for the ride.
“Golden Archer, (he’s) looking for a bit more luck in the run,” Moody said.
“He was wide and overdid it the other day.
“He couldn’t have beaten Sepoy, but he could have made it interesting I feel.”
The main spring aim for Golden Archer is the $1 million Group 1 Caulfield Guineas (1600m), and they are a $41 outsider in the latest markets for the October 8 showdown.
Following closely in the HDF McNeil Stakes betting markets is Golden Archer’s stablemate, Metonymy who is a market mover in from $5.50 to $4.80 at Luxbet.
Hotel Grand filly Metonymy has won just one of her six career starts to date, but made a very impressive three-year-old debut at Caulfield on August 13 when beaten a mere nose by Satin Shoes in the Listed Quezette Stakes (1100m).
“Metonymy has really come on,” Moody said.
“I was a little bit bewildered with her pre her first-up, but I’m pleased to say it’s really brought her on and she’s picked up no end.”
Metonymy is due to jump from gate seven in the McNeil with Michael Walker to take the mount as she starts a spring prep aimed at the $500,000 Group 1 Thousand Guineas (1600m) at Caulfield on October 12.
Ante-post Thousand Guineas 2011 odds have Metonymy as one of the top fancies paying $15.
Leading up to the Guineas, Moody has indicated that he will avoid another clash with Sepoy at all costs for both Golden Archer and Metonymy and as such will not start his duo in the $250,000 Group 2 Danehilll Stakes (1200m) at Flemington on September 3.
“Sepoy rules the roost in the Danehill the following week so I’ll probably run them both this week to dodge him to be honest, but both horses are in good shape,” Moody said.
Moody has a total of 15 runners engaged to race over six events at Caulfield on Saturday, including his Group 1 winning duo of Caulfield Guineas hero Anacheeva and Kiwi champion King’s Rose in the $200,000 Group 2 Memsie Stakes (1400m).
Both gallopers have drawn wide in the Memsie Stakes barrier draw, Anacheeva in 13 and Kings’ Rose in 11, and a win by either of them will make them the first horse since Le Zagaletta in 1993 to win the Memsie Stakes from a double-digit barrier.
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